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  • Upper Midwest Conference

    Join us at Eden Prairie High School, 17185 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55346Please add your name to the waitlist for PBL 101. Registration is full however we will contact you if a seat becomes available.Contact Martine Knothe @ 952.975.7153 for registration inquiries. Link to our registration guide here. Ignite and Inspire Innovation Conference (June 19 - 20) Designing Performance Tasks Workshop (June 21 - 22) Buck Institute Academies (June 21 - 23) Keynote Speakers Doug Reeves  Valerie Greenhill Conference Information Ignite & Inspire Innovation Conference (June 19 - 20) - Eden Prairie High School is the place to be on June 19th & 20th for two epic days of innovation and inspiration! Amplify the 4C’s and 21st century learning with renowned keynote speakers Doug Reeves and Valerie Greenhill. We will collaborate together in breakout sessions, team time, and fireside chats with presenters from across the upper midwest. The registration fee for this two day experience is only $100, which includes lunch each day. Come with an innovative mindset and leave with a toolkit full of ideas to ignite learners in your schools!  Designing Performance Tasks Workshop (June 21 - 22) - Bring a team to this dynamic two-day workshop to learn from Valerie Greenhill around the design of performance tasks to assess the 4C’s (creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking). Our work will center around the 4C’s  and focus on creating authentic assessments to measure student outcomes with the 4C’s. Attendees will learn how to maximize the EdLeader 21 rubrics for the measurements of these tasks.  Buck Institute Academies (June 21 - 23)                                    PBL 101 is BIE’s foundational three-day (consecutive, 7.0 hours per day, including lunch) onsite workshop. Based on BIE's model of Gold Standard PBL, the workshop provides participants with the skills and knowledge needed to design, assess and manage a rigorous, relevant, and standards-based project. The workshop models the project process. Facilitated by one of BIE's expert National Faculty, the workshop is a balanced blend of direct instruction, video analysis, hands-on work, resource sharing, and peer collaboration and feedback. Participants are actively engaged in project design, with the expectation that every teacher or teaching team will generate a project plan that receives formative feedback from both participants and BIE National Faculty. PBL 201 (CANCELLED) (prerequisite: PBL 101)  is focused on advanced practices in PBL implementation. The workshops, facilitated by National Faculty members with specialized knowledge and experience, focus on such topics as Technology Integration, Advanced Placement, English-Language Learners, Literacy Design Collaborative, World Languages, etc. These workshops (no more than 35 participants) are designed for educators who have experienced our three-day PBL 101 workshop.  PBL Coaching Academy (CANCELLED) is a two-day intensive workshop for up to 40 participants per session. This dynamic workshop engages instructional coaches in best practices for providing sustained support for teachers to enable high quality PBL design and instruction. Participants will focus on Gold Standard PBL’s Essential Project Design Elements through a coaching lens, and access resources and protocols, learn best practices, and create deliverables to support their teachers. Facilitated by BIE's expert National Faculty, the workshops are hands-on, involve peer collaboration, and model PBL practice. It is recommended that participants in the Coaching Academy have attended our foundational PBL 101 Workshop. PBL Leadership Academy- (2 seats remain - register soon!) is a three-day workshop for up to 40 instructional leaders and administrators per session, who may attend as leadership teams. This workshop engages leaders in exploring best practices in leading a school or district in the effective, sustainable implementation of Project Based Learning. Through a combination of direct instruction, video analysis and hands-on individual and group work, participants gain deeper understanding of high quality PBL and the structures and practices that allow this instructional approach to flourish. Facilitated by BIE's expert National Faculty, the workshops are hands-on, involve peer collaboration, and model PBL practice.